Juan Francisco Estrada voids 115-lb WBA, won’t fight Joshua Franco
Via Dan Ambrose: Juan Francisco Estrada has decided to vacate his WBA ‘Super World’ flyweight title rather than face off against ‘regular’ WBA champion Joshua Franco in their commanding bout with the organization.
Juan Estrada (42-3, 28 KOs) will instead face Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez in an intriguing three-part matchup, likely more so if ‘El Gallo’ meets Franco (18-1-2) , 8 KO ) next.
Estrada, 32, will hold her 115-lb WBC Franciso belt, and face Chocolatito. The Franchise title allows Estrada to basically fight whoever he wants without the headaches associated with defending against lesser-known fighters like Joshua Franco.
“I don’t think they will fight Franco,“Juan Estrada’s coach Alfredo Caballero told Izquierdazo. “We got off the WBA belt; we are left with the WBC Franchise. “
“Yes, in fact (they gave up the WBA title), I don’t know if the company or someone announced that,” Caballero said. “But we won’t fight Franco.”
It was wise for Juan Estrada to give up his 115-lb WBA title because fans didn’t want to see him fight Joshua Franco.
They wanted the fight between Estrada and Chocolatito again, and they should have fought their trio last year rather than wait until now to meet again.
Once Juan Estrada vacates the WBA belt, Franco, 26, will move in to claim it. Franco could hold on to the WBA ‘Super World’ title for a while, as long as he doesn’t fight someone as good as Chocolatito.
That fight is unlikely because Franco isn’t as popular as his younger brother Bam Rodriguez, and Chocolatito doesn’t have much of an advantage in fighting him.
The 115 lb category has only three boxers that bring in fans: Bam Rodriguez, Chocolatito and Estrada.
Estrada beat Chocolatito by decision to split 12 rounds last March in a match many boxing fans consider a robbery in Dallas.
Chocolatito works harder, comes out faster and overtakes Estrada just like he had in their first match in 2012. The scores were 117-111, 115-113 for Estrada and 115-113 for Chocolatito. Unfortunately, two of the judges felt Estrada had done enough to deserve the win.
Chocolatito was on the verge of a spectacular 12-round decisive win over Julio Cesar Martinez last March in San Diego.
That out-of-this-world performance by Chocolatito, who looked as good as ever as he completely dominated young slug skater Rey Martinez. Chocolatito will need to put on another spectacular performance to get a win over the famous Estrada.